About Bodhi Tree

Male Koala 3 years old - Phascolarctos cinereus

Bodhi Tree Forest Monastery and Vipassana Retreat Centre was founded in 2006 by Venerable Pannyavaro (Pannya) an Australian monk of 30 years service.

Pannyavaro spent many years studying and practicing in Burma and Sri Lanka and received higher ordination in the Thai tradition. He is better known as the founder and webmaster of the websites:, World Buddhist Directory and the Buddhist eLibrary.

At Bodhi Tree we are working on developing a meditation community to serve both lay and monastic practitioners on ninety-five acres of beautiful land at Tullera ten minutes from Lismore in the Northern Rivers of New South Wales, Australia. This land has been purchased as a sanctuary and hermitage – known as Bodhi Tree Forest Monastery and Vipassana Retreat Centre.


Bodhi Tree Retreat Complex Approved!

Please watch this video showing an artists impression of how the Bodhi Tree Forest Monastery and Community Retreat Complex will look when it is finished Bodhi Tree Forest Monastery & Retreat Complex from bodhitree on Vimeo. Our good news is that after a prolonged process we have been granted permission by the local authority to build a Vipassana retreat complex at Bodhi Tree Forest Monastery and Community Retreat Centre! Over seven years, having developed the infrastructure and monastery base we can now go ahead with the construction of retreat facilities for forty-five meditators at a time from around Australia and Internationally.


We ask you, as a member of the larger national and international Buddhist community for your financial help
toward finishing the development of Bodhi Tree Monastery.


Volunteer Positions Vacant

Bodhi Tree Forest Monastery (located 10 minutes from Lismore, NSW) is seeking two lay supporters to help with administrative and general operations of the Centre.In return, volunteers will be offered free accommodation in a peaceful and natural setting, conducive for meditation practice. Please note: anyone applying for either role must attend the 6:00 am – 7:00 am group meditation practice.